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Kevin Garnett misses shootaround, likely out vs. Heat Monday

Mar 18, 2013, 7:43 PM EDT

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UPDATE 7:35pm EST: What was only likely earlier today is now official. From Doc Rivers:

However, in a bit of a surprise it’s not Garnett’s strained abductor that is keeping him out tonight but rather his bout with the flu:

Garnett is expect to travel with the team to New Orleans for the Celtics’ match up with the Hornets on Wednesday. That, however, is of little consolation tonight as they face a Heat team that has won 22 straight games.

1:03pm EST: If you win 22 games in a row, you need to catch a few breaks. Like teams not being healthy and not being at their best when they face you.

The Heat could get win 23 that way Monday in Boston — Kevin Garnett did not go through shootaround with the Celtics on Monday, and while he is officially a game-time decision I wouldn’t bet on him playing. A. Sherrod Blakely has the details at

Garnett has a left adductor strain and missed the Celtics Bobcats game Saturday because of it.

The problem for Boston is twofold. First, the Heat are really good.

Second, The Celtics defense falls off a cliff when Kevin Garnett is not on the floor. On the season, the Celtics allow 100 points per possession when Garnett is on the floor and 109 when he sits (stats via That’s the difference between a top five in the league defense (the Celtics are fourth overall right now) and a bottom six defense.

Combine those two problems and the Celtics have a real challenge on their hands Monday.

  1. andyhr17 - Mar 18, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    If Garnett sits, the streak continues. Garnett plays, no reason it can’t be a good game. Heat haven’t beat the Celts in Boston during the regular season so quite some time.

    • 808raiderinparadise - Mar 18, 2013 at 6:41 PM

      Garnett doesn’t dare to go thru another awkward hand shake attempt exchange from Ray Allen.

      So instead he will hide in a suit on the end of the bench.

      Heat win this game.

      Some disgusting pathetic loser Boston fan will prob throw a beer at LBJ again.

      • andyhr17 - Mar 18, 2013 at 7:05 PM

        You’re an idiot. They already played since they first met and the Celtics beat them. Keep living inside your “Miami Heat will never lose a game again” bubble though.

      • 808raiderinparadise - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:44 AM

        Cough, cough.

        Excuse me.

      • 808raiderinparadise - Mar 18, 2013 at 7:20 PM

        Celtics will be far too hungover from st. pattys day to compete.

  2. heat256 - Mar 18, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Then the Heat better damn well win this game. Losing would just open up more of the BS comments that accompany them when they win. I didn’t really see them doing so even with Garnett though. The way they have picked up their defensive intensity over this streak has been great. Having them win more of the games by blowouts have helped keep the minutes for the Big Three down. I seriously doubt they’ll even get within 5 games of the Lakers record, but I think they can keep it going for a little bit longer.

    • miamatt - Mar 18, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      What you said about minutes is key: both LBJ and Wade are playing career-low minutes (not sure about Bosh), and while James is hands-down having his best season as a pro, you could make an arguement that Wade is as well (although the first half of the season was up and down).

      Keeping your star players minutes as low as possible is how you stay healthy and rested for the real season, which is still a month away. Doc Rivers and Greg Popovich are masterful in this area.

      • heat256 - Mar 18, 2013 at 5:25 PM

        Wade and Bosh are actually averaging nearly career lows in minutes: only LBJ is still close to his normal averages. However, Spo is doing them right by giving them a lot of time off.

  3. WatchThis - Mar 18, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    1. I’d rather the Heat beat the full-powered Celtics.
    2. I think the Heat will win either way.
    3. I think the Heat NEED to lose before the playoffs and put this streak aside.

  4. michaeljordanseviltwin - Mar 18, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    I am psyched for this game! Garnett is still a defensive beast but the Celtics are well coached and will bring it in his absence.

    Five years ago (to the day) the Celtics ended Houston’s 22-game win streak. Eerie how they have this chance to repeat history. The Heat haven’t won in Boston in the regular season since 2007. However, I believe the Heat will make it 23 tonight because JET and Pierce started talking crap. That’ll get the Heat focused and motivated to take care if business.

  5. lakerluver - Mar 18, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    P.P. said he’s not impressed with the streak. Well, here’s his chance to help end it.

    • jimeejohnson - Mar 18, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      He said it while in a wheelchair recovering from a hangnail.

      • andyhr17 - Mar 18, 2013 at 6:20 PM

        While holding his NBA championship/NBA Finals MVP.

  6. jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 18, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    The teams who beat the Heat previous to the streak were sorry to see the Heat come knocking again. I don’t suspect the fake tough guys Boston has to offer will fare any differently. Go Heat!

    • jimeejohnson - Mar 18, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      You could be lying.

  7. trimaster1 - Mar 18, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    I understand about the focus and hoopla being made about “The Streak,” but at the same time, teams are supposed to go out and try win every game are they not? No only that, but the Heat have been playing playoff type games for the last 2 years…

    On another note, their team chemistry has been excellent. I haven’t seen this type of continuity in years. These guys seem to actually LIKE playing being around each other being together.

    And if they win a championship, this will be a feat that neither Kobe or Jordan can say they experienced. Something tells me there will be more interesting things to come from The Heat and LBJ…

  8. jcmeyer10 - Mar 18, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Whod’a thought Jeff Green would be the story of tonight’s game so far. He’s looking like a steal at 9 million a year.

  9. soflasfinest - Mar 18, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    LBJ killed terry the turtle! Ouch!!!

  10. kw27p - Mar 18, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Ill be sure to tune into Lebron-center for the highlights

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